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Health Tips for December 1

Posted Oct 23 2008 2:22pm
Health Tip: The Road to a Healthy Heart

The American Heart Association says there are a few simple things you can do to keep active and promote a healthier heart:

* Do housework yourself, instead of hiring someone else to do it.
* Work in the garden or mow the grass. Using a riding mower doesn't count.
* Go out for a short walk before breakfast, after dinner or both. Start with a 10-minute walk and work up to 30 minutes.
* Walk or bike to the corner store.
* When watching television, pedal a stationary bicycle.
* Park on the outskirts of a shopping mall and walk to the stores.

Health Tip: Burping Your New Baby

To avoid a gassy, fussy baby, burping is an important part of every feeding.

Here are suggestions on how to burp your young infant, courtesy of the Nemours Foundation:

* Sit upright, holding your baby against your chest so that the chin is against your shoulder.
* OR: Sit your baby upright on your lap or knee, holding the chin gently in your hand.
* Always support your baby's head.
* Gently pat the infant's back, but not too hard.
* If your baby seems fussy during feedings, stop the feeding a few times and burp him or her throughout, then again when the infant is done eating.
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